Important things to know about gynecomastia surgery

Gynecomastia surgery is a common procedure for  treating and managing the condition. For those who are considering, there are a few crucial aspects to consider before making a decision. Knowing what to expect can help make the process smoother, less stressful and ensures the best possible outcome from your surgery. Let’s explore some of the key elements to consider when it comes to gynecomastia surgery. From the causes and symptoms, recovery time, and more, read on for all you need to know about gynecomastia surgery.

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes enlarged male breast tissue. Men of all ages can exhibit it, but it is most common during puberty, the infant stage, and later life. Gynecomastia can have a variety of causes, but the most prevalent one is a testosterone and oestrogen imbalance.

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What are gynecomastia causes and symptoms?

The symptoms of gynecomastia may vary depending on the underlying cause but can often include breast pain or tenderness, nipple discharge, and/or unusual breast growth or enlargement.

Some potential gynecomastia causes and symptoms may include hormone imbalances, certain medications or medical conditions, obesity, and genetic factors. Some common conditions can cause gynecomastia, such as:

  • Alcoholism.
  • Liver disease.
  • Kidney disease or kidney failure.
  • Adrenal tumours.
  • Klinefelter syndrome (an inherited condition).
  • Thyroid issues.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with a medical professional.

Who might have gynecomastia?

This condition can be present at birth, during puberty, or later in life. It can also be a result of certain medications or medical conditions. People who might have gynecomastia in Dubai include:

-Newborns: About 1 in 10 newborn boys have gynecomastia, which is usually temporary and subsides within a few weeks or months.

-Boys going through puberty: Gynecomastia is fairly common during puberty and usually goes away on its own within a year or two.

-Adult men: About 1 in 4 men between the ages of 50 and 69 have gynecomastia. The condition is more common in older men and those who are overweight.

-Men taking certain medications: Some drugs that can cause gynecomastia include anabolic steroids, antiandrogens, human chorionic gonadotropin, and certain heart and cancer treatments.

Diagnosing Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is most commonly diagnosed during a physical examination. The doctor inquires about your medical history and performs a thorough physical examination of your breasts. In some cases, further testing may be necessary to rule out other causes of breast enlargement. These tests may include blood tests, breast ultrasound.

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Treatment and Management of Gynecomastia

There are possible ways to manage or treat gynecomastia, depending on the underlying cause. If the condition is due to an imbalance in hormones, treatment may involve medication to correct the hormone levels. If excess fat is the cause, after weight loss surgery or liposuction may be recommended. Surgery is generally reserved for cases where the above measures are not effective.

Gynecomastia surgery process

  • The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. This means that you will be asleep and pain-free during the procedure.
  • The surgeon will carve an incision in the chest area, usually around the areola. Through this small incision, excess fat and glandular tissue will be removed. In certain cases, liposuction can be used to eliminate excess fat.
  • After the removal of excess tissue, the incisions will be closed with stitches. Wound drains are not needed.
  • After the surgery, you can expect some bruising and swelling. This usually goes away within 7 – 10 days. You are advised to wear a compression garment for about 6 weeks to help with the contouring process. Most men are able to return to work and their normal activities within one week.

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